Pics: When Kiran Bedi, Kejriwal, Sonia, Rahul Gandhi cast votes in Delhi

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New Delhi, Feb 7: Moderate to brisk voting was witnessed in Delhi as 35.82 per cent of the nearly 1.33 crore voters exercised their franchise in the first five hours of polling in one of the most fiercely fought polls that saw BJP and AAP making an aggressive bid to capture power while Congress focused on regaining lost ground.

"35.82 per cent polling was recorded till 1 PM. Polling has been peaceful so far," a senior Election Commission official said.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi, Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Maneka Gandhi, Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Congress' Ajay Maken and BJP's Varun Gandhi were among the early voters.

Kiran Bedi after casting her vote in Delhi

BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi after casting her vote for the assembly elections in New Delhi on Saturday.

Delhi: Sheila Dikshit after casting her vote

Congress leader Sheila Dikshit at Nirman Bhavan during voting for the Assembly elections in New Delhi on Saturday.

Delhi: Rahul Gandhi after casting his vote

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi after casting his vote for the Assembly elections, in New Delhi on Saturday.

Delhi: Nupur Sharma, opponent of Kejriwal, casts vote

BJP candidate Nupur Sharma, who is contesting against Arvind Kejriwal, after casting her vote for the Assembly elections, in New Delhi on Saturday.

Delhi Poll: Kiran Bedi with daughter Saina

BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi after casting her vote for the assembly elections in New Delhi on Saturday.

She is posing with her daughter Saina Bedi.

 

Delhi: Vice President casts his vote

Vice President Hamid Ansari after casting his vote for the assembly elections, at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.

Delhi: Sonia Gandhi with other Congress leaders

Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with party leaders Kiran Walia, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Sheila Dikshit after casting her vote for the Assembly elections, at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi.

Delhi Election: Kejriwal after casting his vote

AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal waves as he leaves after casting his vote for the assembly elections at BK Dutt Colony in New Delhi on Saturday.

The Delhi polls are seen as a direct contest between AAP and BJP and being billed as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a description rejected by his party leaders.

This is the second assembly polls in Delhi within little over one year. The assembly polls in December 2013 had thrown a hung verdict with BJP winning 31 seats and AAP making a stunning debut by wresting 28 seats while Congress got only 8 in the 70-member assembly.

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